Liquidation (2007) (Russian: Ликвидация, Likvidatsiya, aka Decision: Liquidation) is a highly popular Russian television series, which parallels the famous The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed with a notable ethical shift. In the “Meeting Place”, chief of criminal investigations Gleb Zheglov (played by Vladimir Vysotskiy) had a modus operandi “Thief must go to prison, no matter how I put him there” (and uses planted evidence to do so).
In Liquidation, chief of criminal investigations David Gottsman’s (played by Vladimir Mashkov) motto has changed to “Thief must go to prison, but lawfully so”. The stars of the film include famous Russian actors such as Vladimir Mashkov and Konstantin Lavronenko (The Return, The Banishment). Sergei Makovetsky had to replace Andrey Krasko, who died of a heart attack during filming.
Zhukov’s blunder leads to unexpected results – the arrest of Odessa’s gang leaders leads to mass riots. Weapons caches are robbed, and a fresh wave of banditry descends upon Odessa. Through Sam “Goosey”, the CI Unit discovers where “Chekan” is hiding, but counterfeiter Rodya interrupts the arrest. “Chekan” escapes once again, and Rodya is taken to the station. During the interrogation, a call, apparently from Major Dovjik who stayed at the arrest site, comes through, requesting that Gottsman come at once. Rodya is locked in an iron closet, at Gottsman’s request. When Gottsman and Krechetov return, Rodya is found strangled with a necklace cord. David Gottsman figures out his killer, Army Guard Luzhov. It becomes obvious that Luzhov was not acting alone, and that the accomplice is close by. During an escape attempt, Luzhov is shot dead by Gottsman’s assistant Captain Yakimenko.
You can find a full index of Liquidation here.
Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 29 October 2007.
- Running Time: 45 minutes (per episode) and 644 minutes (total running time).
- Rating: Unknown.
- Country: Russia.
- Language: Russian.